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Mombasa anti-narcotics police seize three kilograms cocaine

by Joy Nabukewa MOMBASA (Xinhua) -- Kenyan anti-narcotics police seized three kilograms of cocaine worth 11.9 million Kenyan shillings (110,000 U.S. dollars) in the coastal city of Mombasa on Saturday evening.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and National Intelligence Service (NIS) police arrested Suleiman Juma Mujibu Mjikenda, 47, and Saady Bashur Omar Dawa, 59, during an operation at a residence in Kisauni area in Mombasa.

"We have been doing investigations about drugs business here in Mombasa.

"We have arrested these two and we are interrogating them," Washington Njiru, Coast regional head of DCI, told Xinhua.

The two prime suspects were arrested during the raid inside a house where the police recovered a suitcase from the residence of the accused persons containing assorted clothings.

Upon further search they discovered false bottoms on the sides of the suitcase containing a whitish substance that tested positive for cocaine, the police said.

"After tests by a government analyst, the substance was found to be cocaine weighing 2,979.4 grams of street value 11,917,600 shillings (110,000 dollars)," Njiru said.

Reports indicate that Suleiman is a prominent drug trafficker in the coastal region and has wide distribution networks.

Sources said the detectives had trailed the traffickers from Brazil where they sourced the drugs to Juba in South Sudan, through Kampala, Uganda, to Nairobi and finally to its final destination Mombasa.

Police are analyzing traveling documents and air tickets recovered inside the house believed to belong to other drug traffickers.

According to Njiru, Suleiman heads a narcotics distribution network in parts of Mombasa and Malindi, North Coast targeting local consumers and foreign tourists especially those from Italy.

Kenya’s immigration department is probing how Suleiman, a Tanzanian, acquired a Kenyan identification card, according to Njiru.

He said the detectives are searching for Nasim Athman Mohamed, a middle-aged Kenyan woman who is said to have picked the drugs from Sao Paulo in Brazil.

The cocaine seizure was the first this year, but police believe the illicit narcotic trade has been going in Kenya’s second largest city without being detected.

International agencies have in the past flagged off Mombasa port as a key facility which drug traffickers use to import and export drugs.
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Ugandan police destroy over 100 kg of narcotic drugs

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- The Ugandan police on Tuesday destroyed 105 kg of narcotic drugs worth more than 821,917 U.S. dollars.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj. Gen. Sabiiti Muzeyi set fire on the drug exhibits at an event held here, witnessed by government officials.

The drugs included cocaine, amphetamines and heroin.

They were already used as evidence against drug traffickers facing trial.

"I promised that the destruction of narcotic drugs is going to be a routine event to avoid storing drug exhibits for a long period in our stores and to avoid associated risks that come along with storage," Muzeyi said, noting that the destruction shows that police are committed to fighting illicit drugs.

He said the drugs were seized from traffickers within a period of five months at Entebbe International Airport, about 40 km south of the capital, Kampala.

"I am happy with the work of Uganda police and other security agencies at Entebbe International Airport who are ensuring that drug abuse, and trafficking are reduced in our country," said Muzeyi.

A similar exercise was carried out on March 14, where 168 kg of exhibits of narcotics were destroyed, according to the police.

Experts see Uganda as a transit point for drug traffickers from South America and Southeast Asia.
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ONE YEAR AGO:

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